Gulf Shores, Alabama

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Population in 2013: 10,765 (82% urban, 18% rural). Population change since 2000: +113.4%
Males: 4,981  (46.3%)
Females: 5,784  (53.7%)
Median resident age:  40.4 years
Alabama median age:  38.3 years

Zip codes: 36561.

Estimated median household income in 2013: $43,051 (it was $41,826 in 2000)
Gulf Shores:

$43,051
AL:

$42,849

Estimated per capita income in 2013: $25,472 (it was $24,356 in 2000)

Gulf Shores city income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $197,106 (it was $161,700 in 2000)
Gulf Shores:

$197,106
AL:

$122,700

Mean prices in 2013: All housing units: $199,791; Detached houses: $218,723; Townhouses or other attached units: $173,397; In 2-unit structures: $411,835; In 3-to-4-unit structures: $164,336; In 5-or-more-unit structures: $241,708; Mobile homes: $43,130; Occupied boats, RVs, vans, etc.: $10,163

Median gross rent in 2013: $816.

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  • Races in Gulf Shores, AL (2013)

    Gulf Shores races chart
    • 9,12789.3%White alone
    • 3933.8%Two or more races
    • 3033.0%Hispanic
    • 1621.6%Asian alone
    • 1401.4%Black alone
    • 740.7%Other race alone
    • 230.2%American Indian alone

Races in Gulf Shores detailed stats: ancestries, foreign born residents, place of birth

Mar. 2013 cost of living index in Gulf Shores: 88.9 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)
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Ancestries: German (21.5%), Irish (16.3%), English (11.2%), United States (6.4%), French (2.5%), Dutch (2.4%).

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Elevation: 12 feet

Land area: 18.4 square miles.

Population density: 585 people per square mile   (low).

Gulf Shores,AL real estate house value index trend

Gulf Shores, Alabama map

For population 25 years and over in Gulf Shores:

  • High school or higher: 93.4%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 31.0%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 9.5%
  • Unemployed: 3.2%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 18.9 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Gulf Shores city:

  • Never married: 22.6%
  • Now married: 56.4%
  • Separated: 0.9%
  • Widowed: 4.4%
  • Divorced: 15.6%

222 residents are foreign born (2.8% Europe, 0.7% North America, 0.7% Latin America).

This city:

4.4%
Alabama:

2.0%



According to our research of Alabama and other state lists there were 15 registered sex offenders living in Gulf Shores, Alabama as of August 29, 2015.
The ratio of number of residents in Gulf Shores to the number of sex offenders is 675 to 1.
The number of registered sex offenders compared to the number of residents in this city is smaller than the state average.


Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2013: $827 (0.4%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2013: $814 (0.4%)

Gulf Shores satellite photo by USGS

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Pensacola, FL (31.6 miles , pop. 56,255).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: New Orleans, LA (142.5 miles , pop. 484,674).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Houston, TX (461.3 miles , pop. 1,953,631).

Nearest cities: Orange Beach, AL (2.9 miles ), Foley, AL (3.1 miles ), Magnolia Springs, AL (3.2 miles ), Elberta, AL (3.4 miles ), Perdido Beach, AL (3.6 miles ), Summerdale, AL (3.9 miles ), Silverhill, AL (4.4 miles ), Robertsdale, AL (4.5 miles ).

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 1997: 167 buildings, average cost: $136,400
  • 1998: 102 buildings, average cost: $134,600
  • 1999: 134 buildings, average cost: $142,300
  • 2000: 133 buildings, average cost: $152,500
  • 2001: 134 buildings, average cost: $136,500
  • 2002: 196 buildings, average cost: $145,300
  • 2003: 331 buildings, average cost: $149,500
  • 2004: 556 buildings, average cost: $150,200
  • 2005: 504 buildings, average cost: $182,200
  • 2006: 161 buildings, average cost: $233,300
  • 2007: 143 buildings, average cost: $219,500
  • 2008: 81 buildings, average cost: $262,200
  • 2009: 48 buildings, average cost: $251,600
  • 2010: 26 buildings, average cost: $295,300
  • 2011: 49 buildings, average cost: $214,000
  • 2012: 94 buildings, average cost: $267,400

Number of permits per 10,000 residents

Average cost (in $1000s)

Latitude: 30.27 N, Longitude: 87.70 W

Daytime population change due to commuting: +2,202 (+20.6%)
Workers who live and work in this city: 2,022 (43.6%)

Area code: 251

Gulf Shores household income distribution Gulf Shores home values distribution

Crime rates in Gulf Shores by Year
Type 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006
Murders 030010
per 100,000 0.059.00.00.015.80.0
Rapes 5117624
per 100,000 98.7216.2126.8104.931.654.6
Robberies 6423511
per 100,000 118.578.636.252.579.0150.1
Assaults 484035253332
per 100,000 947.9786.0633.9437.1521.1436.6
Burglaries 127958312394104
per 100,000 2,507.91,866.81,503.42,150.71,484.31,419.0
Thefts 354293273328318326
per 100,000 6,990.55,757.54,944.85,735.35,021.34,448.1
Auto thefts 161416161719
per 100,000 316.0275.1289.8279.8268.4259.2
Arson N/A0N/A0N/AN/A
per 100,000 N/A0.0N/A0.0N/AN/A
City-data.com crime index (higher means more crime, U.S. average = 320.2) 763.1831.3549.9573.3497.0461.1

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Crime rate in Gulf Shores detailed stats: murders, rapes, robberies, assaults, burglaries, thefts, arson
Full-time law enforcement employees in 2013, including police officers: 60 (43 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

4.20
Alabama average:

2.23

Gulf Shores tourist attractions:

Unemployment in June 2014:
Here:

5.7%
Alabama:

7.1%

Unemployment by year (%)

Historical population

Historical housing units

Most common industries in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Accommodation and food services (18%)
  • Retail trade (18%)
  • Real estate and rental and leasing (17%)
  • Construction (11%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (10%)
  • Arts, entertainment, and recreation (6%)
  • Administrative and support and waste management services (4%)
  • Retail trade (31%)
  • Accommodation and food services (20%)
  • Educational services (8%)
  • Real estate and rental and leasing (8%)
  • Health care and social assistance (7%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (5%)
  • Other services, except public administration (5%)
Most common occupations in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Management occupations (21%)
  • Sales and related occupations (18%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (8%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (7%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (6%)
  • Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media occupations (5%)
  • Construction and extraction occupations (5%)
  • Sales and related occupations (35%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (14%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (11%)
  • Personal care and service occupations (6%)
  • Education, training, and library occupations (5%)
  • Management occupations (5%)
  • Health diagnosing and treating practitioners and other technical occupations (5%)

Work and jobs in Gulf Shores: detailed stats about occupations, industries, unemployment, workers, commute

Average climate in Gulf Shores, Alabama

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Tornado activity:

Gulf Shores-area historical tornado activity is below Alabama state average. It is 3% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 10/13/2001, a category F3 (max. wind speeds 158-206 mph) tornado 10.6 miles away from the Gulf Shores city center caused $250,000 in damages.

On 4/25/1982, a category F3 tornado 25.6 miles away from the city center caused between $50,000 and $500,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Gulf Shores-area historical earthquake activity is significantly below Alabama state average. It is 93% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 10/24/1997 at 08:35:17, a magnitude 4.9 (4.8 MB, 4.2 MS, 4.9 LG, Depth: 6.2 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 64.4 miles away from the city center
On 9/10/2006 at 14:56:08, a magnitude 5.9 (5.9 MB, 5.5 MS, 5.8 MW, Depth: 8.7 mi, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 285.5 miles away from Gulf Shores center
On 2/10/2006 at 04:14:22, a magnitude 5.3 (4.2 MB, 5.3 MS, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 226.9 miles away from the city center
On 1/18/1999 at 07:00:53, a magnitude 4.8 (4.8 MB, 4.0 LG, Depth: 0.6 mi) earthquake occurred 218.6 miles away from the city center
On 11/7/2004 at 11:20:21, a magnitude 4.4 (4.4 MB, 4.3 MW, 4.0 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 165.3 miles away from Gulf Shores center
On 10/26/1997 at 23:27:12, a magnitude 3.7 (3.7 LG, Depth: 6.2 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 62.3 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Baldwin County (25) is a lot greater than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 17
Emergencies Declared: 8

Causes of natural disasters: Hurricanes: 14, Floods: 7, Storms: 6, Tornadoes: 4, Tropical Storms: 2, Winds: 2, Drought: 1, Snowfall: 1, Winter Storm: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Gulf Shores topographic map

Hospitals and medical centers in Gulf Shores:

  • GULF SHORES DIALYSIS CENTER (3947 GULF SHORES PARKWAY)

Other hospitals and medical centers near Gulf Shores:

  • COMMUNITY HOSPICE OF BALDWIN COUNTY (Hospital, about 8 miles away; FOLEY, AL)
  • FMC FOLEY (Dialysis Facility, about 11 miles away; FOLEY, AL)
  • MID-SOUTH HOME HEALTH (Home Health Center, about 11 miles away; FOLEY, AL)
  • SOUTH BALDWIN REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER Acute Care Hospitals (about 11 miles away; FOLEY, AL)
  • GOLDEN LIVING CENTER - FOLEY (Nursing Home, about 12 miles away; FOLEY, AL)
  • SOUTH BALDWIN DIALYSIS CENTER (Dialysis Facility, about 12 miles away; FOLEY, AL)

Airports and other landing facilities located in Gulf Shores:

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Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Gulf Shores:

  • Columbia Southern University (about 6 miles; Orange Beach, AL; Full-time enrollment: 14,996)
  • Pensacola State College (about 34 miles; Pensacola, FL; FT enrollment: 8,740)
  • The University of West Florida (about 35 miles; Pensacola, FL; FT enrollment: 10,240)
  • Bishop State Community College (about 37 miles; Mobile, AL; FT enrollment: 2,822)
  • James H Faulkner State Community College (about 41 miles; Bay Minette, AL; FT enrollment: 3,703)
  • University of South Alabama (about 42 miles; Mobile, AL; FT enrollment: 13,228)
  • Northwest Florida State College (about 76 miles; Niceville, FL; FT enrollment: 5,052)

Public high school in Gulf Shores:

Public elementary/middle schools in Gulf Shores:

Private elementary/middle schools in Gulf Shores:

  • GRACE CHRISTIAN ACADEMY (Students: 128; Location: 19470 COUNTY ROAD 6; Grades: PK - 7)
  • THE ACADEMY OF ARTS AND SCIENCES (Students: 99; Location: 6900 HWY 59; Grades: PK - 6)
See full list of schools located in Gulf Shores

Library in Gulf Shores:

  • GULF SHORES - THOMAS B. NORTON PUBLIC LIBRARY (Operating income: $546,200; Location: 221 WEST 19TH AVENUE; 44,556 books; 4,300 audio materials; 3,930 video materials; 5 local licensed databases; 81 state licensed databases; 1 other licensed databases; 123 print serial subscriptions)

User submitted facts and corrections:

  • Private schools in Gulf Shores: Grace Christian Academy (students: 102; location: 19470 County Rd 6; Grades PreK4-6)
  • I would like to make you aware of The Academy of Arts and Sciences in Gulf Shores which is an independent private school for children ages 3 through the 6th Grade

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Notable locations in Gulf Shores: The Golf Club of the Wharf (A), Peninsula Golf and Racquet Club (B), Homeport Marina (C), Gulf State Park Golf Course (D), City of Gulf Shores Utililty Board Wastewater Treatment Plant (E), Craft Farms Resort (F), Waterville USA Water Park (G), Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo (H), Gulf Shores Fire Rescue Station 1 (I), Gulf Shores Museum (J), Thomas B Norton Public Library (K), Gulf Shores Fire Rescue Station 2 (L), Gulf Shores Fire Rescue Station 3 (M). Display/hide their locations on the map

Shopping Center: Paradise Isle Shopping Center (1). Display/hide its location on the map

Churches in Gulf Shores include: Our Lady of the Gulf Catholic Church (A), Gulf Shores United Methodist Church (B), First Presbyterian Church of Gulf Shores (C), First Baptist Church (D), Holy Spirit Episcopal Church (E), Gulfway Church of the Assemblies of God (F), Saint Judes by the Sea Lutheran Church (G), Gulf Shores Church of Christ (H). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemetery: Miller Memorial Cemetery (1). Display/hide its location on the map

Lakes: Shelby Lakes (A), Little Lagoon (B). Display/hide their locations on the map

Creek: Stanton Creek (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Parks in Gulf Shores include: Fort Morgan State Historic Site (1), Gulf State Park (2). Display/hide their locations on the map

Tourist attractions: Alabama Coastal Amusements (Recreation Areas; 800 West Beach Boulevard) (1), Ike's Beach Service Inc (Recreation Areas; 800 West Beach Boulevard) (2), Waterville USA Inc (Amusement & Theme Parks; Highway 59 South) (3), Pirate's Island Adventure Golf (Amusement & Theme Parks; Highway 59) (4), The Track Recreation Center (Amusement & Theme Parks; 3200 Gulf Shores Parkway) (5), Gulf Shores Condo Rentals (965 West Beach Boulevard) (6), Sun Chase 307 (1129 West Beach Boulevard) (7). Display/hide their approximate locations on the map

Hotels: Phoenix All Suites (East Beach Boulevard) (1), Best Western On The Beach (Hwy 182 East Beach Boulevard) (2), LA Quinta Inn (213 West Fort Morgan Road) (3), Holiday Inn Sunspree Resort Gulf Shores- (365 E Beach Blvd) (4), Gulf Shores Plantation (Highway 180 West) (5), Sun Chase 307 (1129 West Beach Boulevard) (6), Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites (Hwy 182-E Gulf Shores Blvd) (7), Comfort Inn Gulf Shores (3049 West 1st Street) (8), Gulf Pines Motel (Highway 180 East) (9). Display/hide their approximate locations on the map

Baldwin County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level less than 2 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Low Potential

Air pollution and air quality trends
(lower is better)

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2012 was 66.9. This is about average.

City:

66.9
U.S.:

74.2

Ozone [ppb] level in 2012 was 30.6. This is about average. Closest monitor was 19.2 miles away from the city center.

City:

30.6
U.S.:

32.0

Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µg/m3] level in 2012 was 9.22. This is about average. Closest monitor was 19.2 miles away from the city center.

City:

9.22
U.S.:

9.14

Drinking water stations with addresses in Gulf Shores that have no violations reported:

  • GULF SHORES (UTILITIES BOARD CITY OF) (Population served: 23,823, Primary Water Source Type: Groundwater)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 18.8%
(16.6% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 20.1% for Black residents, 39.3% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 11.3% for other race residents, 23.1% for two or more races residents)
Average household size:
This city:  2.2 people
Alabama:  2.5 people

Percentage of family households:
This city:  61.4%
Whole state:  67.8%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This city:  6.8%
Whole state:  4.7%

Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.4% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.4% of all households
4 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities in 2010
2 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups) in 2000

Gulf Shores, Alabama environmental map by EPA

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Gulf Shores compared to Alabama state average:

  • Median house value above state average.
  • Unemployed percentage significantly below state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Renting percentage above state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly below state average.
  • Number of rooms per house below state average.
  • House age below state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher above state average.

Banks with most branches in Gulf Shores (2011 data):

  • Centennial Bank: Gulf Shores Branch at 2201 West First Street, branch established on 2000/03/29; Gulf Shores Branch at 2201 West First Street, branch established on 2000/03/29. Info updated 2012/02/29: Bank assets: $3,588.2 mil, Deposits: $2,891.9 mil, headquarters in Conway, AR, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 109 total offices, Holding Company: Home Bancshares, Inc.
  • Branch Banking and Trust Company: Gulf Shores Branch at 1500 Gulf Shores Parkway, branch established on 1981/07/13. Info updated 2010/03/29: Bank assets: $168,867.6 mil, Deposits: $127,549.5 mil, headquarters in Winston Salem, NC, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 1793 total offices, Holding Company: Bb&T Corporation
  • First National Bank of Baldwin County: Gulf Shores Branch at 205 East 20th Avenue, branch established on 2002/05/31. Info updated 2006/11/03: Bank assets: $206.6 mil, Deposits: $196.0 mil, headquarters in Foley, AL, negative income in the last year, Commercial Lending Specialization, 5 total offices, Holding Company: First Baldwin Bancshares, Inc.
  • Compass Bank: Craft Farms Branch at 3830 Gulf Shores Parkway, branch established on 2009/06/15. Info updated 2011/02/24: Bank assets: $63,107.0 mil, Deposits: $46,232.4 mil, headquarters in Birmingham, AL, negative income in the last year, Commercial Lending Specialization, 720 total offices, Holding Company: Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria, S.A.
  • Wells Fargo Bank, National Association: Gulf Shores Branch at 1617 Gulf Shores Parkway, branch established on 1982/06/29. Info updated 2011/04/05: Bank assets: $1,161,490.0 mil, Deposits: $905,653.0 mil, headquarters in Sioux Falls, SD, positive income, 6395 total offices, Holding Company: Wells Fargo & Company
  • Merchants & Marine Bank: Gulf Shores Branch at 1820 South Gulf Shores Parkway, branch established on 1964/02/14. Info updated 2012/01/05: Bank assets: $556.1 mil, Deposits: $476.8 mil, headquarters in Pascagoula, MS, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 13 total offices, Holding Company: Merchants & Marine Bancorp, Inc.
  • PNC Bank, National Association: Gulf Shores Branch at 250 West Fort Morgan Road, branch established on 1988/01/04. Info updated 2012/03/20: Bank assets: $263,309.6 mil, Deposits: $197,343.0 mil, headquarters in Wilmington, DE, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 3085 total offices, Holding Company: Pnc Financial Services Group, Inc., The
  • Woodforest National Bank: Al Gulf Shores at 170 Fort Morgan Road, branch established on 2009/11/07. Info updated 2011/05/10: Bank assets: $3,488.9 mil, Deposits: $3,097.6 mil, headquarters in Houston, TX, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 766 total offices, Holding Company: Woodforest Financial Group Employee Stock Ownership Plan (With 401(K) Provisions) (Amended And
  • Whitney Bank: Gulf Shores Branch at 1801 Gulf Shores Parkway, branch established on 1996/08/19. Info updated 2011/06/14: Bank assets: $14,882.3 mil, Deposits: $11,630.0 mil, headquarters in New Orleans, LA, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 189 total offices, Holding Company: Hancock Holding Company

Fire-safe hotels and motels in Gulf Shores, Alabama:

  • Hardwick House Motel, 1060 W BCH, Gulf Shores, AL 36542 , Phone: (251) 948-7481
  • Gulf State Park Resort Hotel & Conv, 21250 E BCH Blvd, Gulf Shores, AL 36547 , Phone: (251) 948-4853
  • Oleander Resort Inn, 527 E BCH Blvd, Gulf Shores, AL 36542 , Phone: (251) 948-7800, Fax: (251) 948-7800
  • Comfort Inn, 3049 W First St, Gulf Shores, AL 36542 , Phone: (251) 968-8604
  • Econolodge, 213 W FT Morgan Rd, Gulf Shores, AL 36542 , Phone: (251) 967-3500
  • Microtel Inn By Wyndham Gulf Shores, 3600 Gulf Shores Pkwy, Gulf Shores, AL 36547 , Phone: (251) 967-3000, Fax: (251) 967-2363
  • Staybridge Suites Gulf Shores, 3947 Hwy 59, Gulf Shores, AL 36542 , Phone: (251) 454-6350, Fax: (251) 948-2466
  • Holiday Inn Express & Suites, 160 W Commerce Ave, Gulf Shores, AL 36542 , Phone: (251) 948-6191, Fax: (251) 948-6199
  • Courtyard By Marriott At Craft Farms, 3750 Gulf Shores Pkwy, Gulf Shores, AL 36542 , Phone: (800) 360-9375, Fax: (251) 968-1112
All 9 fire-safe hotels and motels in Gulf Shores, Alabama

Educational Attainment (%) in 2013

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2013

Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

9.0
Alabama average:

11.9

Gulf Shores travel time to work - commute Gulf Shores mode of transportation to work chart

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Electricity (95%)
  • Utility gas (4%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (1%)

Presidential Elections Results

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Religion statistics for Gulf Shores city (based on Baldwin County data)

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant57,986178
Mainline Protestant20,07548
Catholic14,00913
Black Protestant3,13017
Other1,52814
Orthodox1901
None85,347-
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center. Graphs represent county-level data

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 23
Baldwin County:

1.34 / 10,000 pop.
Alabama:

1.89 / 10,000 pop.
Number of supercenters and club stores: 3
This county:

0.17 / 10,000 pop.
State:

0.20 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 5
Baldwin County:

0.29 / 10,000 pop.
Alabama:

0.65 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 113
Baldwin County:

6.58 / 10,000 pop.
State:

6.32 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 184
Here:

10.71 / 10,000 pop.
State:

5.75 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
This county:

9.4%
Alabama:

11.8%
Adult obesity rate:
Baldwin County:

24.5%
Alabama:

31.7%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
This county:

10.8%
State:

13.5%
Local government employment and payroll (March 2013)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Financial Administration 18$78,866$52,5772$2,433
Other Government Administration 3$12,485$49,9406$8,750
Judicial and Legal 5$19,011$45,6260$0
Police Protection - Officers 42$195,761$55,9320$0
Police - Other 2$7,495$44,9700$0
Firefighters 42$189,419$54,1200$0
Fire - Other 1$2,998$35,9760$0
Correction 5$14,707$35,2970$0
Streets and Highways 11$34,687$37,8400$0
Health 1$3,454$41,4480$0
Solid Waste Management 5$14,725$35,3400$0
Parks and Recreation 30$115,074$46,03041$57,053
Local Libraries 6$20,622$41,2444$5,081
Other and Unallocable 47$178,011$45,4502$2,883
Totals for Government 218$887,315$48,84355$76,200

Gulf Shores government finances - Expenditure in 2002 (per resident):

  • Construction - General: $4,620,000 ($429.17)
    Air Transportation: $1,023,000 ($95.03)
    Regular Highways: $453,000 ($42.08)
  • Current Operations - General - Other: $2,266,000 ($210.50)
    Police Protection: $1,875,000 ($174.18)
    Parks & Recreation: $1,571,000 ($145.94)
    Fire Protection: $968,000 ($89.92)
    Regular Highways: $760,000 ($70.60)
    Central Staff Services: $639,000 ($59.36)
    Housing & Community Development: $375,000 ($34.84)
    Libraries: $259,000 ($24.06)
    Judicial and Legal Services: $247,000 ($22.94)
    Financial Administration: $212,000 ($19.69)
    Air Transportation: $113,000 ($10.50)
    Health Services - Other: $3,000 ($0.28)
  • General - Interest on Debt: $866,000 ($80.45)
  • Other Capital Outlay - Parks & Recreation: $3,966,000 ($368.42)
    Fire Protection: $288,000 ($26.75)
    General - Other: $273,000 ($25.36)
    Air Transportation: $163,000 ($15.14)
    Police Protection: $160,000 ($14.86)
    Regular Highways: $104,000 ($9.66)
    Libraries: $29,000 ($2.69)
  • Total Salaries & Wages: $3,915,000 ($363.68)

Gulf Shores government finances - Revenue in 2002 (per resident):

  • Charges - Air Transportation: $99,000 ($9.20)
  • Charges - All Other: $978,000 ($90.85)
  • Federal Intergovernmental - All Other: $260,000 ($24.15)
  • Local Intergovernmental - General Support: $14,000 ($1.30)
  • Miscellaneous - Interest Earnings: $628,000 ($58.34)
    Rents: $333,000 ($30.93)
    General Revenue, NEC: $207,000 ($19.23)
    Property Sale Other: $138,000 ($12.82)
  • State Intergovernmental - All Other: $260,000 ($24.15)
    General Support: $66,000 ($6.13)
    Highways: $3,000 ($0.28)
  • Tax - Total General Sales: $4,797,000 ($445.61)
    Other Selective Sales: $3,230,000 ($300.05)
    NEC: $1,401,000 ($130.14)
    Property: $1,239,000 ($115.10)
    Public Utilities: $553,000 ($51.37)
    Motor Vehicle License: $18,000 ($1.67)

Gulf Shores government finances - Debt in 2002 (per resident):

  • Long Term Debt Beginning Outstanding, NEC: $20,903,000 ($1941.76)
  • Long Term Debt Issue, Unspecified - Other NEC: $8,083,000 ($750.86)
  • Long Term Debt Outstanding - Full Faith & Credit - Other, NEC: $26,184,000 ($2432.33)
  • Long Term Debt Retired Unspecified - Other, NEC: $2,802,000 ($260.29)

Gulf Shores government finances - Cash and Securities in 2002 (per resident):

  • Bond Fund - Cash & Deposits: $2,820,000 ($261.96)
  • Other Funds - Cash & Deposits: $2,272,000 ($211.05)
  • Sinking Fund - Cash & Deposits: $222,000 ($20.62)

7.51% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($49,128 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.51%
Alabama average:

6.02%

0.06% of residents moved from foreign countries ($286 average AGI)
Baldwin County:

0.06%
Alabama average:

0.05%

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Mobile County, AL  1.42% ($48,093 average AGI)
from Escambia County, FL  0.46% ($36,512)
from Jefferson County, AL  0.19% ($53,440)


6.02% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($39,577 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.02%
Alabama average:

6.06%

0.05% of residents moved to foreign countries ($313 average AGI)
Baldwin County:

0.05%
Alabama average:

0.06%

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Mobile County, AL  1.02% ($35,378 average AGI)
to Escambia County, FL  0.40% ($35,566)
to Jefferson County, AL  0.17% ($48,709)

Strongest AM radio stations in Gulf Shores:

  • WDLT (660 AM; 10 kW; FAIRHOPE, AL; Owner: CUMULUS LICENSING CORP.)
  • WASG (550 AM; 25 kW; ATMORE, AL; Owner: 550 AM, INC)
  • WHEP (1310 AM; daytime; 3 kW; FOLEY, AL; Owner: STEWART BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • WEBY (1330 AM; 25 kW; MILTON, FL; Owner: SPINNAKER LICENSE CORPORATION)
  • WNTM (710 AM; 10 kW; MOBILE, AL; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WNVY (1090 AM; daytime; 10 kW; CANTONMENT, FL; Owner: 1090-AM INC.)
  • WBHY (840 AM; daytime; 10 kW; MOBILE, AL; Owner: GOFORTH MEDIA, INC.)
  • WBCA (1110 AM; daytime; 10 kW; BAY MINETTE, AL; Owner: SOUTHERN MEDIA COMMUNICATIONS, INC)
  • WCOA (1370 AM; 5 kW; PENSACOLA, FL; Owner: CUMULUS LICENSING CORP.)
  • WMOB (1360 AM; 5 kW; MOBILE, AL; Owner: BUDDY TUCKER ASSOCIATION, INC.)
  • WLPR (960 AM; 5 kW; PRICHARD, AL; Owner: GOFORTH MEDIA, INC.)
  • WDXZ (1000 AM; daytime; 1 kW; ROBERTSDALE, AL; Owner: GREAT AMERICAN RADIO NETWORK, INC.)
  • WWL (870 AM; 50 kW; NEW ORLEANS, LA; Owner: ENTERCOM NEW ORLEANS LICENSE, LLC)

Strongest FM radio stations in Gulf Shores:

  • WKSJ-FM (94.9 FM; MOBILE, AL; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WJLQ (100.7 FM; PENSACOLA, FL; Owner: CUMULUS LICENSING CORP.)
  • WBLX-FM (92.9 FM; MOBILE, AL; Owner: CUMULUS LICENSING CORP.)
  • WYOK (104.1 FM; ATMORE, AL; Owner: CUMULUS LICENSING CORP.)
  • WPCS (89.5 FM; PENSACOLA, FL; Owner: PENSACOLA CHRISTIAN COLLEGE, INC)
  • WRKH (96.1 FM; MOBILE, AL; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WMXC (99.9 FM; MOBILE, AL; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WCSN-FM (105.7 FM; ORANGE BEACH, AL; Owner: GULF COAST BROADCASTING CO., INC.)
  • WABB-FM (97.5 FM; MOBILE, AL; Owner: WABB-FM, INC.)
  • WMEZ (94.1 FM; PENSACOLA, FL; Owner: 6 JOHNSON ROAD LICENSES, INC.)
  • WYCL (107.3 FM; PENSACOLA, FL; Owner: CONCORD MEDIA GROUP, INC.)
  • WHIL-FM (91.3 FM; MOBILE, AL; Owner: SPRING HILL COLLEGE)
  • WXBM-FM (102.7 FM; MILTON, FL; Owner: 6 JOHNSON ROAD LICENSES, INC.)
  • WTKX-FM (101.5 FM; PENSACOLA, FL; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)

TV broadcast stations around Gulf Shores:

  • WEAR-TV (Channel 3; PENSACOLA, FL; Owner: WEAR LICENSEE, LLC)
  • WJTC (Channel 44; PENSACOLA, FL; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WPMI (Channel 15; MOBILE, AL; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WMPV-TV (Channel 21; MOBILE, AL; Owner: TRINITY BROADCASTING NETWORK)
  • WKRG-TV (Channel 5; MOBILE, AL; Owner: MEDIA GENERAL BROADCASTING OF SOUTH CAROLINA HOLDINGS, INC.)
  • WSRE (Channel 23; PENSACOLA, FL; Owner: DST .BD. OF TRUSTEES PENSACOLA JR. COLLEGE)
  • WHBR (Channel 33; PENSACOLA, FL; Owner: CHRISTIAN TELEVISION OF PENSACOLA/MOBILE, INC.)
  • WMOE-LP (Channel 12; MOBILE, AL; Owner: TIGER EYE BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • WBPG (Channel 55; GULF SHORES, AL; Owner: EMMIS TELEVISION LICENSE CORPORATION)
  • WALA-TV (Channel 10; MOBILE, AL; Owner: EMMIS TELEVISION LICENSE CORPORATION)
  • WRBM-LP (Channel 60; PRICHARD, AL; Owner: UPPER GULF COAST, L.L.C.)
  • WGHA-LP (Channel 66; GULF SHORES , ETC., AL; Owner: TIGER EYE BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • WEIQ (Channel 42; MOBILE, AL; Owner: ALABAMA EDUCATIONAL TELEVISION COMMISSION)
  • WBQP-CA (Channel 12; PENSACOLA, FL; Owner: VERNON WATSON)
Gulf Shores fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 2013

Fatal road traffic accident statistics for 1975 - 2013 (per 100,000 population)

See more detailed statistics of Gulf Shores fatal car crashes and road traffic accidents for 1975 - 2013 here
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 23Number of bridges
  • 518m1,699ftTotal length
  • $145,797,000Total costs
  • 180,106Total average daily traffic
  • 9,538Total average daily truck traffic

New bridges - Historical Statistics

  • 11960-1969
  • 81970-1979
  • 51980-1989
  • 81990-1999
  • 12000-2009
See Full National Bridge Inventory Statistics for Gulf Shores, AL
FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers: 3 (See the full list of FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers in Gulf Shores)
FCC Registered Antenna Towers: 73 (See the full list of FCC Registered Antenna Towers)
FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers: 18 (See the full list of FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers in Gulf Shores, AL)
FCC Registered Microwave Towers: 9 (See the full list of FCC Registered Microwave Towers in this town)
FCC Registered Paging Towers: 2 (See the full list of FCC Registered Paging Towers)
FCC Registered Maritime Coast & Aviation Ground Towers: 12 (See the full list of FCC Registered Maritime Coast & Aviation Ground Towers)
FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses: 47 (See the full list of FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses in Gulf Shores)

FAA Registered Aircraft Manufacturers and Dealers: 2 (See the full list of FAA Registered Manufacturers and Dealers in Gulf Shores)
FAA Registered Aircraft: 33 (See the full list of FAA Registered Aircraft)
Home Mortgage Disclosure Act Aggregated Statistics For Year 2003
(Based on 2 partial tracts)
A) FHA, FSA/RHS & VA
Home Purchase Loans
B) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
C) Refinancings
D) Home Improvement Loans
E) Loans on Dwellings For 5+ Families
F) Non-occupant Loans on
< 5 Family Dwellings (A B C & D)
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED5$118,512614$186,081642$182,35812$92,6541$4,992,720861$190,211
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED1$130,60027$176,53955$180,3781$145,6200$039$184,480
APPLICATIONS DENIED1$133,08041$185,039107$175,9056$37,8230$053$195,778
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN1$69,98034$183,76665$178,8891$121,3100$050$197,439
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS0$019$185,76533$198,3101$41,9700$022$204,427
Choose year:  2003 1999

Detailed HMDA statistics for the following Tracts: 0114.03 , 0114.04

Private Mortgage Insurance Companies Aggregated Statistics For Year 2003
(Based on 2 partial tracts)
A) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
B) Refinancings
C) Non-occupant Loans on
< 5 Family Dwellings (A & B)
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED123$157,71540$151,910104$163,063
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED19$160,77913$165,33519$168,262
APPLICATIONS DENIED3$171,2631$110,4802$230,545
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN0$00$00$0
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS6$205,0107$169,6698$183,186
Choose year:  2003 1999

Detailed PMIC statistics for the following Tracts: 0114.03 , 0114.04

Conventional Home Purchase Loans

Conventional Home Purchase Loans - Value

2006 National Fire Incident Reporting System Incidents:

  • Fire: 92
  • Hazardous Condition: 32
  • Service Call: 5
  • Good Intent Call: 4

Incident types - Gulf Shores

See full 2006 National Fire Incident Reporting System statistics for Gulf Shores, AL
Most common first names in Gulf Shores, AL among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
William5776.5 years
James4673.9 years
Mary4679.0 years
John4074.4 years
Robert3572.0 years
Thomas3170.6 years
Charles2474.6 years
George1971.7 years
Ruth1681.9 years
Richard1673.4 years
Most common last names in Gulf Shores, AL among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Nelson2480.9 years
Smith2169.1 years
Callaway1379.7 years
Jones1378.9 years
Williams1175.2 years
King974.6 years
Wright877.5 years
Davis877.0 years
Clark862.1 years
Young778.0 years
Businesses in Gulf Shores, AL
NameCountNameCount
Arby's1McDonald's1
Bed Bath & Beyond1Microtel1
Best Western1Nike1
Burger King1Pizza Hut1
Cold Stone Creamery1Publix Super Markets1
Curves1RadioShack1
Days Inn1Rite Aid1
Domino's Pizza1Starbucks1
FedEx4Subway2
GNC1T-Mobile1
GameStop1Target1
H&R Block1True Value1
Hardee's1U-Haul1
Holiday Inn2UPS9
La Quinta1Vans2
Maurices1Walmart1

Gulf Shores on our top lists:

  • #3 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in occupations: Other food preparation and serving workers including supervisors (population 5,000+)"
  • #4 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in occupations: Entertainers and performers, sports, and related workers (population 5,000+)"
  • #7 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in occupations: Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides (population 5,000+)"
  • #13 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the highest number of police officers in 2006 per 1000 residents (population 5,000+)"
  • #15 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males working in industry: Real estate and rental and leasing (population 5,000+)"
  • #17 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in occupations: Material recording, scheduling, dispatching, and distributing workers (population 5,000+)"
  • #19 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in occupations: Secondary school teachers (population 5,000+)"
  • #27 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the highest average yearly precipitation (population 5,000+)"
  • #33 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the most fatal accidents per 100,000 population from 1975 to 2008 (pop 5,000+)"
  • #44 on the list of "Top 101 cities with most building permits per 1,000 residents in 2004-2006"
  • #64 on the list of "Top 100 fastest growing cities from 2000 to 2008 (pop. 5,000+)"
  • #99 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the largest percentage population increase from 2000 to 2006"
  • #78 (36561) on the list of "Top 101 zip codes with the largest percentage of European first ancestries (pop 1,000+)"
  • #28 on the list of "Top 101 counties with highest percentage of residents voting for Bush (Republican) in the 2004 Presidential Election, pop. 50,000+"
  • #45 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the largest number of people moving in compared to moving out (pop. 50,000+)"
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